May Events to Mark on Fido’s Calendar

Posted by Erin Ballinger

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From a doggy summer camp to a canine beauty pageant, May’s dog-friendly events offer something for every pooch. Have fun in the sun celebrating Dog Mom’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, a Wiener Dog Derby, and a whole lot more this month!

"Grease" Drive-In Movie Fundraiser for Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Monterey, CA
"Please pass the pupcorn!" Photo by @quincy.and.cooper

If you’ve always wanted to watch a movie in a dog-friendly drive-in movie theater, you’ll be sure to find the “Grease” Drive-In Movie Fundraiser for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation electrifying! Bring Fido and his friends to the Monterey County Fairgrounds to watch this classic flick and support a good cause. Tickets cost $105 per car and include an “Awesome Movie SnackPak with Tote.” The opening credits roll on May 1 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Greenwich Barking Beauty Pageant

Stamford, CT
Heavy is the crown... Photo by Dee McMeekan

Has your pooch always dreamed of strutting her stuff down a runway? The Greenwich Barking Beauty Pageant is her chance to vie for one of 14 crowns. If you’d like your pup to “pawticipate,” the entry fee is $110 per canine contestant and includes one human escort. General admission for spectators costs $35-$65. Non-competing, leashed dogs are welcome to attend for free. The Greenwich Barking Beauty Pageant will take place on May 1 at 1 p.m. at Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel.

Florida Wiener Dog Derby

Tampa, FL
Going for the gold! Photo by

Does your dog have what it takes to win a National Dachshund Racing (NDR) Circuit race? Find out at the Florida Wiener Dog Derby! Dachshunds and wannabe wiener dogs of all ages and abilities can register to race. The free event will also include a costume contest, food trucks, and a variety of vendors. The Florida Wiener Dog Derby takes off at the Mary Help of Christians Center’s Athletic Facility on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

San Diego, CA
“I smell churros!” Photo by @mypetsmiles

For more than 35 years, thousands of people have headed to San Diego’s oldest neighborhood for the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo is a two-day, dog-friendly event featuring live music, mariachis, car shows, lucha libre matches and, of course, delicious Mexican food and drinks! The fiesta takes place on May 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Dog Mom's Day Brunch

St. Charles, IL
Celebrate the special dog mom in your life. Photo by St. Charles Park District

Celebrate National Dog Mom's day at River Bend Community Park’s dog park with the Dog Mom’s Day Brunch benefiting Tiny N Tall Rescue! There will be refreshments, doggie crafts, photos with your fur baby, and free time to mingle with other mutts and moms. Tickets cost $20. The Dog Mom’s Day Brunch will take place on May 8 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Spring Skunk Music Fest

Greer, SC
Celebrate spring with some paw-tapping music. Photo by

Camp out with your pup and enjoy three days of peace, love, and music at the Spring Skunk Music Fest. Brought to you by the organizers of the Albino Skunk Festival, this dog-friendly event will bring together craft vendors, food and drinks, and great tunes. Tickets range from $50 for a one-day pass to $160 for all three days. Camping is $40. Dogs attend for free. The Spring Skunk Music Fest will rock out from May 13-15.

Houston Hot Air Balloon Festival & The Victory Cup Polo Match

Brookshire, TX
Polo pup. Photo by

Polo. Hot Air Balloons. Helicopters. Seafood Tents. Live Music. The Houston Hot Air Balloon Festival & The Victory Cup Polo Match has it all! Bring Fido to network and mingle with other posh pups at this unique event held at the Brookshire Polo Club. Admission prices start at $10, and pups are welcome for free. Gates open at 10 a.m. on May 14 and 15.

Camp Unleashed Sea & Shore Camp

Poyntelle, PA
Row, row, row your dog. Photo by Camp Unleashed

Camp Unleashed believes that living in your dog’s natural world for a weekend will rejuvenate your bond and reduce stress for both you and your pup. Get ready for an immersive weekend filled with classes and team-building activities at Camp Unleashed Sea & Shore Camp. Fido can learn new tricks at Sea Skills, Shore Skills, Agility Skills, and Scent Skills lessons at Camp Westmont. Admission starts at $530 for dog and owner. Camp Unleashed Sea & Shore Camp will take place from May 21-24.

Are you attending a dog-friendly event this month? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by Camp Unleashed.